In 2001, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office assumed responsibility of Animal Control. Prior to this date, Animal Control was under the dominion of the Warren County Administration. The Warren County Sheriff’s Office provides enforcement of all animal control issues within the County of Warren and the Town of Front Royal. Animal law enforcement, including the methods of capture, confinement, and disposition of nuisance animals, both domestic and feral, requires that the animals be treated in the most humane manner possible.
County or Town residents who require the assistance of Warren County Animal Control are to contact the Warren County Sheriff’s Office at 540-635-4128 or in the case of an emergency, 911. This includes any questions dealing with wildlife matters.
Listed below are a few of the frequently requested informational topics that Animal Control Officers answer on a daily basis. Many of the requested information is similar in both the Town of Front Royal and Warren County. Additional information may be obtained through the town and county web sites.
Warren County www.warrencountyva.net
Town of Front Royal www.frontroyalva.com
66.4 (County) Removal of Animal Waste - 66-3 (Town) Maintenance of Pens and Kennels
Solid and liquid waste matter shall be removed as frequently as may be necessary to prevent offensive odors to prevent accumulations constituting a hazard to health or safety of any person
66-6 (County) Cruelty to Animals - 66-4 (Town) Cruelty to Animals
Any person who overrides, overdrives, overloads, tortures, ill-treats, abandons, willfully inflicts inhumane injury or pain not connected with bona fide scientific or medical experimentation or cruelty or unnecessarily beats, maims, mutilates, or kills any animal, whether belonging to himself or another; or deprives any animal of necessary sustenance, food, drink, or shelter. Class 1 misdemeanor
66-28 (County) Running at Large – 66-6 (Town) Dogs Running at Large
It shall be unlawful for any person to permit his dog to run at large as hereinafter defined. A dog shall be deemed to run at large while roaming, running or self-hunting off the property of its owner or custodian and not under its owner’s or custodian’s immediate control.
66-14.1 (County) Dangerous Dogs and Vicious Dogs
Dangerous Dog- A canine or canine crossbreed that has bitten, attacked, or inflicted injury on a person or companion animal that is a dog or cat, or killed a companion animal that is a dog or cat. However, when a dog attacks or bites a companion animal that is a dog or cat, the attacking or biting dog shall not be deemed dangerous:
 If not serious physical injury as determined by a licensed veterinarian has occurred to the dog or cat as a result of the attack or bite,
 If both animals are owned by the same person,
 If such attack occurs on the property of the attacking or biting dog’s owner or custodian, or
 For other good cause as determined by the court.
(b) No dog shall be found to be a dangerous dog as a result of biting, attacking or inflicting injury on a dog or cat while engaged with an owner or custodian as part of lawful hunting or participating in an organized dog handling event.
A canine or canine crossbreed that has:
(a) Killed a person,
(b) Inflicted serious injury to a person, including multiple bites, serious disfigurement, serious impairment of health or serious impairment of a bodily function; or
(c) Continued to exhibit the behavior that results in a previous finding by the court or on or before July 1, 2006, by an animal control officer as authorized by local ordinances, that is a dangerous dog, provided that its owner has been given notice of that finding.
66-17 When License Tax is Due
The license tax on dogs shall be due and payable as follows:
A. On or before January 1 and not later than January 31 of each year, the owner of any dog four months old or older shall pay a license tax as prescribed in this chapter.
66-19 Amount of License Tax
(1) Male - unneutered $8 each
(2) Female-- unspayed $8 each
(3) Neutered males and spayed females $5 each
B. No license shall be issued for the fee listed A(3) above unless the application is accompanied by a certificate from a licensed veterinarian.
66-20 (County) Rabies Inoculation Prerequisite. 66-11 (Town)
A. No license tag shall be issued for any dog unless there is presented to the Treasurer, at the time application for license is made, evidence satisfactory to the Treasurer showing that such dog has been inoculated or vaccinated against rabies by a currently licensed veterinarian.
66-11 (County) 66-11 Dogs Killing Livestock or Poultry
A. It shall be the duty of any animal control officer or other person who may find a dog in the act of killing, injuring, worrying, or chasing any livestock or poultry to kill such forthwith.
B. Any person who has any livestock or poultry killed or injured by any dog not his own shall be entitled to receive as compensation the fair market value of such livestock or poultry, not to exceed $400.
The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for serving all civil processes within Warren County as directed by the court system.
Civil process papers include, but are not limited to, subpoenas, notices, orders, complaints, and summonses for both Civil and Criminal cases.
Hours of operation are:
Civil Process Fees
Service for rent notices and in-state subpoenas, etc., is $12.00. (No charge for Juvenile cases, if General District Court or Circuit Court collect fees, we do not collect additional fees.) Out-of-State service fees are $75.00.
Eviction - Additional Resources
Additional Resources for the Landlord and Tenant:
Tenants who are in need of emergency services, such as shelter, financial assistance, or legal information, may contact:
Warren County Department of Social Services
912 Warren Avenue
357 Cloud Street
P. O. Box 1428
Front Royal, Virginia 22630
Warren County/Front Royal House of Hope
722 Warren Avenue
Front Royal, Virginia 22630
Warren County Council on Domestic Violence
P.O. Box 1831
Front Royal, Virginia 22630
Business #: (703) 635-9062 Hotline/Crisis: (703) 635-9062
Blue Ridge Legal Services, Inc. Serving the City of Winchester, Counties of Clarke, Frederick, Warren and Northern Shenandoah County.
Click here to view a copy of the Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Handbook.
Generally speaking, there are three steps to an eviction:
1. Notice - There are two kinds of notices - a 5-day notice (§55-248.34:1) for non-payment of rent and a 30-day (§55-248.31) notice for a lease violation. These notices can be served by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office or mailed to the renter by certified mail, return receipt requested.
2. Summons for Unlawful Detainer (§8.01-28) - Once the 5-day or 30-day notice has expired, you need to take a copy of your notice to Warren County General District Court and request a Summons for Unlawful Detainer. At that time, the court clerk will issue you a court date and the defendant will be served a copy of the summons by the sheriff.
3. Writ of Possession in Unlawful Detainer (§8.01-470 & 472) - If the judge awards in the landlord's favor, a Writ of possession will be issued.
WRIT OF POSSESSION IN UNLAWFUL DETAINER
Mobile Home Evictions
Special considerations are made for mobile home evictions. If the landlord requesting the eviction is the landlord of the mobile home, but not the lot owner, the tenant will be treated as though they were renting an apartment. All personal property inside the mobile home will be moved to the nearest public way.
Non-Emergency Telephone: 540-635-4128 | Fax: 540-636-4950
Warren County E911/Communications Center personnel serve the citizens of Front Royal and Warren County by answering and ascertaining the nature of both emergency and non-emergency calls, and dispatching the appropriate response units. The center dispatches all requests for fire and emergency medical services, as well as emergency and non-emergency Sheriff’s Office assistance, including Animal Control. The dedicated and skilled personnel within the center track and monitor law enforcement personnel, fire, and EMS units in the field. The Communications Center also serves as an after hour answering point for other county services. In addition, the center provides coordination and support services during disasters and other emergency situations.
The Communications Center personnel are responsible for many forms of data entry, into both state and national databases, that require a great deal of attention to detail to ensure the most correct records possible. These records include stolen vehicles, as well as other stolen article files, wanted person entry, missing persons reports, and a filing maintenance of all court issued protective orders for Warren County, to name only a few.
Our goal is to provide the most efficient and effective communications possible, during emergencies and non-emergencies, to ensure the safety of life and property.
We are staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, supporting operations through an ever-changing comprehensive communications infrastructure.
Warren County Jail Transitions to Court Holding Facility
Warren County Jail Transitions to Court Holding Facility
As of Wednesday, June 25, 2014, all inmates that were housed at the old Warren County Jail at 8 East Jackson Street, Front Royal have been relocated to the new RSW (Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren) Regional Jail. The old jail facilities on Jackson Street will now serve as a court holding facility, only temporarily housing inmates who need to appear before local courts during daytime court hours.
Courthouse Security Checkpoint
To avoid delays and possibly miss your scheduled hearing, it is recommended that you check your pockets, parcels, and key rings to ensure you have no items that could conceivably be used as a weapon. Do not overlook items such as pocket knives and fingernail clippers. You will not be permitted beyond the checkpoint with anything questionable. Leave these things at home or in your vehicle. Plan ahead, arrive early, and allow time to pass through the security checkpoint.
The following are some items and activities not permitted in the courtrooms. This is not an all encompassing list.
Proper attire is required in the courtroom. Clothing items not permitted are shorts, tank tops, flip-flops, any clothing with obscene language or pictures, and any clothing denoting gang affiliation. Head coverings and sunglasses will be removed prior to entry into the courtroom. Conversation in the court gallery will be kept short and will not disrupt court proceedings.
Any communication with inmates, whether verbal or non-verbal, is prohibited. Any communication with inmates will be cause for immediate expulsion from the courtroom with additional possibility of criminal charges being placed against you.
For additional information on prohibitions and restrictions inside our courthouse, please refer to our Judicial Order.
Local Court Information
Specific information about Warren County Courts can be found by using the following link http://www.courts.state.va.us/. Click on Circuit Courts, General District Courts, or Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts, then click Warren. This link can also be used to pay a traffic ticket or other minor offense on-line and to find information about Virginia’s Judicial System.
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